Children love nature and being outside. Most of the time the outdoors is fully accessible and open to exploration, but you can also incorporate nature into lots of experiences, both indoors and out. The following are some of the things we have tried at our preschool.
|Still life art inspired by some beautiful flowers|
brought into class by a parent.
|Collecting natural materials for creative expression. This provides|
the opportunity to look at nature up close.
|Nature Frames: The group of children chose natural materials and then|
worked together to arrange them in the frames. Definitely worth framing!
|Still life art inspired by some harvest items|
|Sunflower Love: posters and books were accents for|
these beautiful sunflower heads we had on display.
|Flower Suncatchers: paper plates with the center cut out, contact paper|
placed in the center, and fresh flowers placed in between. These
turned out beautifully.
|Natural materials are lovely in the block area: tree blocks, unit blocks,|
and cardboard caves/mountains, along with forest animals.
|Bird display in Science area: feathers, birdhouses, nests, and more...|
|Beans and peas ready for a Seed Collage|
|Pumpkin Exploration: cut open and placed in the sensory table|
made it accessible for checking out the textures, colors, and more...
|Puddle fun: rainboots and recess, it's a win/win.|
|Fall Collage: fall colored pasta, foam leaves, silk leaves, etc.|
|Harvest Item Sorting: a variety of harvest items and baskets|
|Coriander grinding: Mortar and pestles and whole coriander seeds.|
A great fine motor activity and it smelled divine!
|Nature Item Exploration: tree cookies, antlers, pinecones, leaves,|
turtle shell, snakeskin, and more...